One of my personal favorite reality television shows is Restaurant Impossible, and while I sometimes don't understand the words coming from the mouth of the show's host, Robert Irvine (because he sometimes shouts orders in a thick accent), I'm floored with his expertise and the buck stops here attitude.

The next victim, er food establishment on "Restaurant's" radar, is none other than (need a drum roll) Bryan's Smokehouse right here in the heart of Lufkin, located at 609 South Timberland Drive.

Those familiar to the program will currently find it Wednesday nights on Food Network:

Here's the best part.  Volunteers are needed.  NOT actors!  You will be participating in Bryan's transformation this weekend.  Keep your head shot photos at home, and don't come dressed in costume to read the "Transporter 3" script.  You should feel comfortable in front of a film making crew, while holding "something from Home Depot" in your hand for eight hours.  Volunteers!  Interested?  Send an E-mail right now to, and let him know what "shift" you can pull.

Bryan's Smokehouse will make sure you don't go hungry while the extreme makeover is in process, and you'll be able to sign autographs for family and friends after the show airs sometime between late spring and early summer.

According to Chef Irvine, the mission of "Restaurant Impossible" is to save desperate properties from looming failure by investing $10,000 in just two days.

Bryan's Smokehouse will flash its new look on Sunday night (March 10), with a splashy grand re-opening at 7 p.m.  Reservations required, so call ahead.